Animal Welfare Inspector

Ministry of Primary Industries

Christchurch, New Zealand

Full time

Reception/ Support Staff / Other

Jun 8

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Job Description


Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the Role

As an Animal Welfare Inspector you will be expected to deliver a range of work to ensure animal welfare complaints are managed appropriately. You will require sound legislative knowledge, good problem-solving skills and have excellent communication skills. Each day will provide variety, as you work both in an office and in the field, meeting new people every day, while making a difference in ensuring all aspects of animal welfare compliance across Aotearoa New Zealand.


In this role you be:

  • Ensuring investigation processes and procedures are followed.
  • Managing animal welfare complaints in the primary production sector.
  • Preparing prosecution files where required.
  • Monitoring service providers and licensed establishments for compliance with animal welfare.
  • Working with other Inspectors and Investigators to prepare and present robust prosecution cases where non-compliance is identified.
  • Promoting good animal welfare practices.
  • Building and sustaining positive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Having practical working knowledge of the laws under which investigations and compliance activities operate.
  • Having experience in leading or supporting investigations in an enforcement environment is desirable.


Mōu - About You

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Proven experience working with animal production systems
  • Knowledge of farming organisations and external animal welfare agencies.
  • Practical working knowledge or be able to able to demonstrate the potential to develop knowledge of the laws under which investigations and compliance activities operate including: NAIT Act, Animal Welfare Act, Evidence Act, Criminal Disclosure Act, Criminal Procedures Act, Search and Surveillance Act, Animal Products Act and Biosecurity Act. 


Ngā Tohu – Qualification

  • Relevant Tertiary Qualification and/or experience in farming systems.
  • Tertiary qualifications and/or equivalent regulatory, compliance and enforcement experience would be an advantage.


Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua - About MPI

The Ministry for Primary Industries is helping to seize export opportunities for our primary industries, improve sector productivity, ensure the food we produce is safe, increase sustainable resource use, and protect New Zealand from biological risk.


To find out more about the Ministry and what we do please click here.


Ngā hua o te Mahi i te Manatū Ahu Matua: - Benefits of working at MPI

  • Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days
  • Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation
  • Free annual flu vaccination
  • Employee Assistance Programme (counselling support)
  • Flexible working - we support work life balance and flexible work arrangements whenever possible

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Ngā Taki Whakahaumaru - Security checks

Low level Security Clearance

  • most preferably a NZ citizen, who has resided continuously in NZ for at least the last five (5) years, OR
  • is a citizen of, and/or has resided continuously in one or more of the following countries for the last five (5) years: either Australia, Canada, NZ, the United Kingdom (UK) or the United States of America (USA); and has a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the NZ Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) towards a recommendation of suitability for a security clearance at this level.
  • click here to find out more about the national security vetting process and access the eligibility self-check tool.

If you do not meet these minimum criteria, we will not be able to accept your application.


Whakamātau Whakapōauau me te Waipiro - Drug and Alcohol Screening

Please note, given this position is safety sensitive the preferred applicant/s for the position will be required to undergo a drug and alcohol pre-employment screening test. Further information on this process can be found on our careers site under the application process, on pre-employment checks page.


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Me pēhea te tuku tono - How to Apply

To view the position description and/or apply for the role please click “APPLY FOR THIS JOB” or visit the MPI Careers Site. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers' portal.

The successful applicants must be able to obtain a NZ Firearms licence.

To apply for this role you must hold the right to work in New Zealand or be eligible to obtain it – click here to find out more about work visa eligibility and options.


The closing date is Sunday 20 June.

If you have any questions about the role, please email  


The Ministry for Primary Industries is committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values inclusion and diversity. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to our communities in Aotearoa. In return you'll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you're growing your career here in NZ and internationally. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so that we can assist you through the recruitment process.

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